PROVIDENCE — The largest home improvement and ideas show in New England is back after a two-year COVID hiatus. 

The Rhode Island Home Show will be filling every square inch of the Rhode Island Convention Center, at 1 Sabin St., from Thursday, March 30, to Sunday, April 2. There will be a 10,000-square-foot ideas garden to explore, hundreds of home-related exhibitors and vendors, a specialty flower show, an energy expo and more.  

“Come with an open mind, knowing that you’re going to have the opportunity to talk to these amazing exhibitors that are not like a bunch of salespeople saying, ‘Hey, come into my booth. I want to sell you something,’” said Darren Jodoin, the spokesperson for the event. “It’s not like that at all. This is a no-pressure environment.”  

Here’s what you can expect from the 73rd annual Rhode Island Home Show.  

What exhibits will be on display? 

There are six main features to the show.  

  • The Garden Experience: Themed “Enchanted Gardens,” the 10,000-square-foot space, designed by Central Nurseries, will include magical displays and unique playhouses. A special touch, the playhouses in the garden are being created in partnership with Rosemary’s Wish Kids, and they will be given to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.  
  • The Energy Expo: The 10th expo put on by Rhode Island Energy (formerly National Grid), this exhibit explains how consumers can make their homes more energy efficient and get that much closer to being a zero-energy home.  
  • The R.I. Specialty Flower Show: A chance to check out the floral culture of designers from across New England, this year’s theme is “Galleria — Living Artfully.” 
  • The Inspiration Showcase: New to the show this year, this exhibit will have experts to answer designer questions. If you’re a DIY-er, this is a must-visit.  
  • The Art of the Ocean State: Sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, this market will allow visitors to purchase art by Rhode Island artists at a reasonable price. It’s $35 for student artwork and $75 and $150 for Rhode Island artist pieces.  
  • Home-related exhibitors and vendors: There will be more than 100 exhibitors, contractors and workshops with expertise in all aspects of home renovation, remodeling and repair.  
The Rhode Island Home Show will feature a 10,000-square-foot Enchanted Gardens display, as well as a specialty flower show.

Who is the show for? 

The show is geared toward homeowners, but Jodoin emphasized that it’s valuable to anyone, including renters.  

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“A home show makes sense for people that have a home, whether they’re renting or they own a home,” he said. “It’s beneficial for everyone. The reality is our show attracts all walks of life.”